Cult Magazine: A to Z

Subtitled: A Compendium of Culturally Obsessive & Curiously Expressive Publications

Edited by Earl Kemp and Luis Ortiz

“Contains a wealth of arcane information about many of the oddball magazines that once graced newsstands.”  — New York Times Book Review

“It’s a remarkable history of special interest magazines from the 1920s to the 1990s….”   —

“No recent survey of magazines is more exciting and useful and purely entertaining.”  —

THE SECRET LIFE of America in the 20th century is displayed in the thousands of specialized magazines produced between 1925 and 1990.This period can be seen as a precursor to the Internet age where every fad, taste, obsession, and hush-hush desire is gratified.The list of cult magazines is legion: Black Silk Stockings, Castle of Frankenstein, Gee-Whiz, Jaybird, Amazing Stories, Boing Boing, Bronze Thrills, Ballyhoo, Doctor Death, Dream World, Eyeful, Exposé, Fate, Flying Saucers From Other Worlds, Girls in Orbit, Magazine of Horror, Monster Times, Phantom Detective, Humorama, Psychotronic, Search & Destroy, Satana, Red Channels, Realist, Sexology, Spicy Stories,The Spider,The Nudist,True Thrills, Spy, Sunshine & Health,Tiger Beat,True Strange,Web Terror,Whisper,Weird Tales, and Zip, to name just a few. Nothing was beyond the scope of imaginative publishers and eccentric editors such as Bernarr Macfadden, Calvin Thomas Beck, Henry Steeger, Raymond A. Palmer, Hugo Gernsback, Robert C. Sproul, Frank Harris, Ralph Ginzburg,William Lawrence Hamling, H. L. Gold, Lyle Stuart, James Warren, Robert A.W. Lowndes, Pete Millar, Myron Fass, and Milton Luros. In many cases their goals were to make money, but they also created exuberant populist art and literature. CULT MAGAZINES: from A to Z is an encyclopedia of midcentury America at its sub-culture best. Oversized trade paper with over 400 full color images. Also available as a pdf edition download.

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